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The good news is that an MRI indicates that Jacob deGrom “continued to heal in the shoulder blade.” The bad news is he’s still a long way from pitching for the New York Mets. The best-case scenario timeline projects up to the All-Star break.
DeGrom is allowed to progress with distance and speed in his throwing program but isn’t close to any work off the mound. Once he starts pitching in about a month, he’ll still need another month of preparation, including rehab assignments, before he starts for the Mets.
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It’s a continuation of the problems of last year when we had increasing concerns as the season progressed.
Since the issues seemed unresolved, deGrom was panned with a low SIC score at the start of this season. This was based on his string of injuries which included shoulder tightness, elbow pain, latissimus dorsi strain, partial UCL tear and now scapula stress reaction.
deGrom is a classic case of injury begetting injury. He has already undergone surgery at UCL. Until the root cause of the issues is identified, the issues may persist. Fortunately, the Mets are well supplied with pitching and are doing well.
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Only time will tell, but it will still be a while before it’s ready to launch.